The complicated relationship between journalist Mikael Blomkvist and vengeful force of nature Lisbeth Salander has been the twisty thread connecting all of the films adapted from the Millennium series of novels. Any film trying to tell the next chapter of Lisbeth's story has to find a way to focus on Mikael, even though Fede Alvarez -- the director of the upcoming The Girl In The Spider's Web -- says this his film shifts its focus way more on Lisbeth than it does on her relationship to Mikael.
To that end, when CinemaBlend recently traveled to the Berlin set of The Girl In The Spider's Web to learn more about the dark thriller, we spoke with the new Lisbeth, Claire Foy (The Crown), about how the relationship between the two lead characters has evolved. This is the fourth book in the series, and so, there's real history that can be played with by Foy and her co-star, Sverrir Gudnason. And Foy explained to us:
It's very true that previous interpretations of the Lisbeth-Mikael relationship -- whether it was Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, or Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig -- played up the sizable age difference that made any type of romance seem uncomfortable. By design, mind you. Yes, in the books, Lisbeth and Mikael become lovers. But it wasn't the intention of Fede Alvarez or Claire Foy to go down that road again for The Girl In The Spider's Web. In fact, Foy elaborated in the same interview:
And yet, audiences still come back, eager to watch the evolution in the unconventional Lisbeth-Mikael relationship. Possibly because it's unlike anything that we see in our own lives? Or, maybe, because it's a mirror image of what we are living in, and it's comforting to see it on the big screen.
If that's the case, we want to hang out with you some day.
The Girl In The Spider's Web stars Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander, and puts her on a personal mission that brings her long-lost sister, Camilla (Sylvia Hoeks), back into her life. The movie streets on November 9. Head here to read the previous stories from our set visit. And stay tuned for even more from the cast and crew of Spider's Web.